Automobilista is an older simulator by modern standards, but it still holds up just fine. The physics and force feedback feel great and the focus on Brazilian motorsports gives it a unique set of content compared to many other games.
Unfortunately, there is a bug with the Logitech G29 and G920 that forces the Center Spring to 100%, making the wheel way too heavy. There is a workaround for this, though it is a little annoying. When the force feedback is working properly, though, these wheels work great.
In this guide, I will show you how to work around the Center Spring issue and look at the best settings to use in G HUB and in-game for the best force feedback.
Forced Center Spring Fix
It's easy to assume the force feedback is completely broken with Logitech wheels in Automobilista. The vast majority of the time when you load into a car, the Center Spring is set to 100%, causing the wheel to feel extremely heavy. You can still feel bumps, though, so you know the force feedback is actually working.
This is caused by an incompatibility with newer versions of the Logitech drivers. Apparently, if you downgrade to an older version of the Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) instead of G HUB, the force feedback should work fine. I haven't tested it, as I don't want to go through that hassle for one game.
Instead, I found a surprising workaround that works with the newer drivers, though it is more annoying to deal with. Oddly enough, if you repeatedly press Esc to pause the game and click Cancel to resume, eventually the Center Spring goes back to normal and the FFB is restored. It usually only takes 3 to 5 times. The force feedback will be fine until the next time you enter the menus.
G HUB Settings
Automobilista will automatically set the correct steering angle for each car in the game, so leave the angle in G HUB at the maximum.
Create a new profile for Automobilista with the following settings:
In Game Settings > Controls > Inputs:
These wheels won't be automatically recognized, but you can still choose the matching preset for your wheel manually and they will work just fine.
In Game Settings > Controls > Settings:
|Auto Steering Rotation||On|
|Force Feedback Effects||Pure 360Hz|
|Force Feedback Strength||-75%|
|FFB Low Force Boost||60%|
Controller Type needs to be set to Wheel when using a steering wheel.
Auto Steering Rotation lets the game set the wheel rotation to the real world value of the car you are driving. This includes a Soft Lock, so you can't turn the wheel past the car's actual steering rotation.
Force Feedback Effects is best left on Pure 360Hz. This updates the force feedback 360 times per second. The other options all update at 180Hz, which gives less detail. The options with Effects add canned effects for things like driving over kerbs. I don't recommend these, as you will feel the real effects directly through the physics when using Pure 360Hz.
Force Feedback Strength controls the overall strength of the forces you feel. With Logitech wheels, this needs to be set to a negative value. Setting it to a positive value will invert the force feedback.
FFB Low Force Boost raises the lighter forces especially around the center point of the wheel. This helps remove the deadzone on these wheels.
Damping Preset needs to be set to None when using a steering wheel. The other options are only used when playing with a gamepad.
The original Automobilista is still great even today. While it has largely been replaced by its own sequel, it is still useful if you have an older computer that can't run the newer simulators with much higher system requirements.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.